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Update on Shropshire Future Fit

**Originally published in the Shropshire Star 15/06/2017**

Shrewsbury Flaxmill funding

I am delighted that the Shrewsbury Flaxmill has secured £7.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, this will enable work to continue on this iconic building.   Previous funding from the European Regional Development Fund and Historic England has brought about the opening of an interactive visitor centre and education facility within the Office and Stable buildings. Now, with lottery money the focus will be on restoring the Grade 1 listed Main Mill and Grade 2 listed Kiln.

School funding

Ever since I was elected as the Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury and Atcham I have been fighting for fairer pupil funding. I find it wholly unacceptable that pupils in London can receive over £8,000 per head while pupils in, mainly rural areas such as Shropshire, receive nearly half that. I am glad, therefore, that the Government has recognised this and that funding for Shropshire overall has increased as a result of this new funding formula.

Article 50

The Supreme Court decided that an Act of Parliament is required to invoke Article 50. I had argued that the Government had the power to begin the withdrawal process on its own, I fully accept the Court’s decision. No-one is above the law and respect for the judiciary is one of cornerstones of our free society. So I look forward to five full days of debate on the subject which is more than many bills receive on the floor of the House, let alone for a bill which is so short and is about respecting the wishes of over 17 million people after a long campaign.

 

High Court Ruling

**Published in the Shrewsbury Chronicle on 9/11/16**

 

Daesh (ISIS) and Iraq

**Published in the Shrewsbury Chronicle on 19/10/2016**

Heathrow Expansion

**Published in the Shrewsbury Chronicle on 26/10/2016**

 

I was delighted that yesterday the Government has announced that it is to go ahead with the expansion of Heathrow Airport by building a new North West runway, as recommended by the Airport Commission. This is a long overdue and much needed investment in improving airport capacity in the UK. If we were to do nothing then London flights would be full by 2020, which will mean more delays, fewer flights and passengers having to fly from elsewhere.

Shropshire A&E Future Fit

**Published in the Shrewsbury Chronicle on 12/10/2016**

As I write I am currently preparing for my Prime Ministers question on Wednesday afternoon, where I will be asking Theresa May a question regarding the reconfiguration of A+E services in Shropshire. After two and a half years, £2 million spent, 300 local GP’s, Surgeons and clinicians involved in the process, they’re finally very close to making a decision.

Tackling the Ivory Trade

**Published in the Shrewsbury Chronicle on 28/09/2016**

I watched with great interest as Prince William delivered his speech on illegal poaching of ivory to campaigners and policymakers at Time For Change, an event organised by the conservation charity Tusk, of which he is a patron. He spoke with passion stating that he was “not prepared to be part of a generation that lets these iconic species disappear from the wild”.

Digital Economy Bill

**Published in the Shrewsbury Chronicle on 14/09/2016**

 

Yesterday in Parliament, we debated the Second Reading of the Government’s Digital Communications Bill. The purpose of the Bill is to enable the building of world-class infrastructure, including faster broadband, better mobile phone coverage and empowering consumers.

 

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